Veho ZS-2 Water Resistant Sports Headphones miss the mark.

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I’ve spent a few weeks getting pretty well acquainted with the Veho ZS-2 Water Resistant Sports Earphones. With an IP64 rating (meaning they’re protected against dust and water spray from any direction) these earphones are excellently useful for walking around my rainy, rainy city.

I would love to say that these held up well on my early morning runs or regular snowboarding adventures, but I don’t run, even when I’m late to class, and…snowboarding…me…ha. If you do either of these, the product description on Veho’s website assures that these are up to said activities and many others. The snug fit of the triple-flange earbuds and hook (more on that later) are designed to make them stay in place no matter how aggressively you’re exercising in terrible, wet conditions.

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Some of the ZS-2s features are:

  • Small, lightweight and designed for the active lifestyle
  • IP64 rating meaning the ZS-2s is protected from water, rain & sweat
  • 3.5mm AUX jack compatible with all standard line-in ports such as smartphones, tablets, MP3 players
  • Comfortable non-slip rubber earbud, ensuring they stay fitted perfectly in your ear during any vigorous workout

I usually go for over-ear headphones, but after a bit of adjusting and playing around with the fit, I was able to substitute these into my daily routine easily. They are light, the flat cord is not particularly prone to tangling itself into impossible knots in my bag, and the sound quality is crisp and clear. The ZS-2s are equipped with a standard 3.5mm auxiliary jack, so they’re compatible with basically everything you’d want to plug headphones into.

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There are two cons:

1. I don’t know what it is about the right piece or my right ear, but the two did not get along. It was a struggle to find a workable fit every single time I put these on. The left side was absolutely fine, but getting the right side to stay was trying. There was a conflict between the angle of the hook, earbud, or something. The earbud/hook can swivel to adjust these, but no amount of fidgeting really fixed the issue, so the right earbud was prone to falling out, in spite of the hook. This makes me wonder if these would work for everyone. I feel like my right ear is pretty normal. I’m suspicious that my pair might be a little messed up, so this might be a non-issue. The left side, as I said, was fine. It was actually very comfortable and secure. I have glasses, and these didn’t interfere with the earpiece at all. Nor were the earphones unfit for extended wear. I wore them while working on an art project for about eight hours, and they were fine.

2. The bass is lacking. Though Veho’s site advertises this product’s 10 mm acoustic drivers with bass enhancement, every once in a while, the sound quality could be described as tinny or brassy.

I want to like these so badly. There is potential here, but the two cons, which I admit might just be flukes, bring them down.

UPDATE:

After posting my original review, a representative from Veho contacted me to express the concern that I had received and reviewed a faulty product, saying, “When we first launched the earbuds we discovered that there was a fault with the sound driver (which meant that the bass was extremely poor) and so we recalled any that had been sent out and asked reviewers not to review them.” I was promptly provided with another pair to review. Unfortunately, after spending some time comparing the two pairs, I didn’t notice much of a difference between them.

To clarify, I never found the bass “extremely poor,” just “lacking.” This very well might have had something to do with the odd fit of the earphones in/on/around my ears. The sound quality for these headphones is good in general, “crisp and clear,” as I mentioned before, but there are still moments when I notice a lot of treble.

For more information visit, veho-world.com.

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